the dwarf globe blue spruce grows more slowly and stays compact longer than its more genoursly proportioned cousin
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Globe blue spruce (Picea pungens 'Globosa')

Conifers classified as "dwarf" in nursery terms, like this chubby spruce, have the same genetic makeup as their more generously proportioned cousins: They just grow more slowly and, therefore, stay compact longer, making them well suited to small lots. According to the American Conifer Society, dwarf varieties grow about three to six inches a year, while their large relatives sprout up and out at twice that rate.

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